Hey I've been playing French Horn for a while but I don't know any of the fingerings lower than F3, can you guys help me?
Does anyone have any advice on getting a more full sound while playing. especially on the 3rd and fourth registers. My sound is okay, its not airy, but it does sound very tinny at times and im not loving it.
I can't find good song pieces especially new songs.
Does anyone know how to play flight of the bumblebee ??? , If you do then can you tell me how and If you can show me a video on YouTube that’s can help me?, thanks :)
Hi~ Does anybody know some romantic sheet music for flute and piano? What's your favourites?
Hello, I am an intermediate flute player who recently got addicted to old classical music. Anyone know any good classical songs I should learn? I've currently learnt Badinerie, Alla turca and Canon in D. Thanks :D
I'm a beginner, and I could really use some advice from more experienced flutes on anything really!
Hi there fellow string instrument players,
Outside of transcription and arranging for orchestra and occasionally smaller ensembles I am also a professional violin maker and restorer.
And for that reason, I am willing to try and answer every question on the subject of violins, violas, cellos and contrabasses in regard of construction, acoustics and history.
Questions can go from: 'How best to clean my violin' to 'What's so special about old instruments and especially those by Stradivarius'.
Please take note that my mother tongue isn't english, I'll always try to utilize the correct terms and words but mistakes are bound to be made!
I have an entrance audition for college and I need 3 solo flute pieces as my repertoire. please help
Can you recommend me some pieces for viola to play alone? Maybe J.S.Bach (please don't say Prelude suite nº1) something short, about two pages, not much difficult... I hope you found something for me! Thank you! <3
One of the main problems every saxophone player faces at some point is: “what and how to practise”. I just wanted to share some experience and knowledge on the topic - I’ve been a practising saxophone player for about 18 years already. This is not a complete guide or an instruction, but a note containing some suggestions. Though I am more into practising improvisation now, I’ve tried to mention some more general practise activities here .
So let’s just go through an example of daily practice schedule:
Whenever I have time I get back to some breathing exercises (see my article on breathing) - 3-5 minutes or so - as breathing is one of the most important things for producing great sound, and cool sound is what we are constantly aiming for.
- Long tones
- indispensable both for embouchure and for breathing skills. Moreover, different dynamics, cresc, dim, steady tone, etc. - at least 15 minutes. Be aware of your intonation and timbre during this exercise! You may want to use some tuner. Also read the article about embouchure posted in this group, I find it important. One of saxophone myths is that “only beginners should practise long tones”. I like to compare that with sports: every sportsman warms up before actually starting doing sports; long tones - is a warm-up for professional wind player, we need that to be in good shape, that’s of vital importance!
- practising overtones and matching them to standard fingerings. Try to match the “full” timbre and pitch of overtone when playing tones using “normal” fingerings. There are several books on the topic, a good place to start is the corresponding section of David Liebman’s “Developing a personal saxophone sound”
- Techniques you need:
tonguing exercises for “junior” saxophonists , different articulations - for all sax players (it’s extremely helpful to start with simulating articulation of your favourite saxophonists, especially for jazz-oriented musician) for more advanced players the list might look like this: flutter tonguing, split tones (multiphonics), altissimo, growl, circular breathing, etc.
- Scales and arpeggios.
All kinds of scales and arpeggios you need; a plenty of things for jazz players: all modes of major/minor scale, diminished and augmented scale, melodic minor scale (actually there are tons of scales, see the fundamental work of “Yusef Lateef “Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns”) , triads and 7th/9th chords (including augmented ones) arpeggios, studying chord/scale theory (check Mark Levine’s “Jazz Theory Book”). David Baker’s “Creative.Approach To Practicing Jazz” is a good source of ideas. “ I am not too familiar with classical stuff, so feel free to post your thoughts and share your experience in comments.
Both classical (for developing your overall playing technique, like “Daily exercises for saxophone” by H.Klose) and jazz (elements you need for improvisation - enclosure, 3 to b9, licks and patterns:II-V7, all kinds of cadences, cycle of fifths, etc.. Just remember to practice things in all 12 keys whenever it is possible. Here are the authors of literature on the topic: Jerry Coker (co-writer of “Patterns for jazz” and the author of a bunch of other books), David Baker (“How To Play Bebop” in 3 parts, etc.), and, of course, the educational books with playalongs by Jamey Aebersold.
- Practising improvisation.
That is: studying transcribed solos (and the process of solo transcription itself, of course) - remember analysing not only the notes played in different harmonic situations, but also the master’s articulation and time feeling (is he behind, before or on the beat?; learning tunes with chord progressions, applying patterns, licks and everything you’ve learnt in steps 5 and 6 and, finally, several minutes of “just improvising” to track your progress and just for pleasure. There is a really cool book called “Elements Of The Jazz Language For The Developing Improvisor” by Jerry Coker, I highly recommend it. The same author has an article entitled “How to practice improvisation” in his “Complete Method for Improvisation” book (part of this article was included in Jamey Aebersold’s “Jazz Handbook”)
If you have any questions or if you have something to add to this article - please don’t hesitate to do it in comments!
I'm in eigth grade and I have learned control of the lower register and I am trying to learn altissimo notes. I made the all state band and the highest band at my high school.
Only just joined this - looking really for some direction. Have been learning for 1 month so know my notes, practice every day . . . . what should I be ding? What should I be expecting?????
I am new to this group.
I am an intermediate flute player, and I need flute solo sight reading pieces plz
Hi guys I am a intermediate flute player, please give some seggestions for sight reading peices! Thanks!
I'm thinking about publishing my stuff on Jwpepper.com but i need to know if my pieces are good enough for that. Here's my new song https://musescore.com/cooldog511/scores/5047623
Its kinda copyrighted but i think i can handle it maybe
I'm a bassoon player and composer who would appreciate advice on writing for strings. Please comment some general rules and techniques for string composition. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
Hey guys! This is a new ensemble I created a few days ago and we have a serious woodwind deficit as of now... we have three total woodwind players, compared to 7 violins and 14 synths.
I've posted this in a few other MuseScore groups in hopes of attracting a bit more attention to it, and it's worked so far! Here's the rest of the original post.
I'm creating an online orchestra dedicated to performing the works of young composers and putting the videos on YouTube. In the process, composers will get feedback from performers, performers will get more experience playing in different settings, and both will form connections that will be extremely useful (hopefully) in the music industry long-term! It's also a great chance for publicity.
Currently, I'm looking for performers, composers, and editors alike willing to help make this happen.
If you want to join, here's a link to a Discord server dedicated to making this happen!
In anticipation of a few questions, here's an FAQ.
How will you coordinate this?
Our current plan is to have one major piece every two months. Pieces will be member-submitted and member-selected. Parts, an MP3 of the piece being performed by synth instruments, and a metronome MP3 will be sent out. Members will have these two months to work up their part(s) and record themselves playing in time with the metronome that was sent. All members will submit their parts to an official email for the orchestra, which will be made at a later date. Editors will then take over and edit the tracks together.
It will then be posted to an official YCOO YouTube channel with credits to the composer and performers in the description.
What instruments can join?
Currently, standard orchestra and wind ensemble instruments. Non-standard instruments may be accepted, but should not expect a part in every major piece. Right now, we especially need woodwinds, specifically on flute/picc, saxophone, clarinet, and bassoon. We'd also love more low strings, like string bass and cello. But we won't turn you away if you already play an instrument we have lots of. The more, the merrier!
What kind of music will be played?
Orchestral music, wind ensemble music, chamber music, solos. We currently plan to only do original music by young composers but may be open to doing covers once the group has been established.
Chamber music and solos? How will that work?
While the major projects will happen every other month, members will be allowed to arrange small ensembles. Chamber ensembles and solos will be entirely member-run: members will choose a piece, form a small ensemble, send out parts on their own, come up with their own deadlines, and edit the audio and video on their own. Only when the product is complete will it be sent up to us admins to publish it on the YouTube channel.
Is there an audition required?
No. However, if you submit a track of low quality, it may not be used. (Low quality can be defined as: badly out of tune, very bad audio quality, not with the metronome, or played with a bunch of mistakes.)
Video? Will we have to submit videos of ourselves?
No. Submitting videos of yourself playing is entirely optional.
Do you have to play in every major piece?
Nope. We won't kick you out for inactivity.
If you have any other questions let me know and I'll do my best to answer! In case you don't want to scroll back up, here's that link again.
Here's a link if you're interested but can't join the Discord so we can still get your information.
Hello, I just wrote my first piece entitled "A Rainy Day" for a sax quartet and I would LOVE any feedback. Please listen to it and help me. It would be greatly appreciated. (Just listen to it on my profile)